Ginga Kogen Extra Pale Ale by Ginga Kogen Beer

Ginga Kogen Extra Pale Ale

Ginga Kogen Beer haven’t had much luck recently (at the time of writing) with a recall of some bad beers back in July/August but with Ginga Kogen Extra Pale Ale, here’s hoping it’s a decent batch. Ginga Kogen Extra Pale Ale is 5.5% American pale ale brewed with 100% Citra hops that is an autumn seasonal on sale from early September. At the …

Iwate Kura Japanese Ale Sansho by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Japanese Ale Sansho

Sansho is fast becoming a popular adjunct in Japanese beers and with Iwate Kura Japanese Ale Sansho, Sekinoichi Shuzo have produced an spring seasonal spiced herb beer. It’s a 5% beer that is made with locally sourced sansho, known as mountain pepper, locally sourced from Ichinoseki. Iwate Kura Japanese Ale Sansho is on sale from mid February and has a long …

Iwate Kura IPA by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura IPA

Iwate Kura IPA is Sekinoichi Shuzo’s main IPA that is produced all year round. It is based on the traditional IPA recipes that were once drunk after the long journey from the UK to India. Iwate Kura IPA is brewed with four times the regular amount of hops and won silver at the 2006 International Beer Competition. Iwate Kura IPA Aroma …

Ginga Kogen Shiro Beer by Ginga Kogen Beer

Ginga Kogen Shiro Beer

Ginga Kogen Shiro Beer, or Ginga Kogen Precious White Beer, is the lesser-spotted sibling in Ginga Kogen Beer’s range . It’s so hard to find that I’ve only ever seen it once in a store about three or four years ago. What it is though is a 4.5% seasonal Belgian witbier that comes out annually around the beginning of spring, usually around the …

Tokyo Station 100th Anniversary Hefeweizen by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Tokyo Station 100th Anniversary Hefeweizen is by no means a beer that is 100 years old. That would just be plain wrong and rank and disgusting and every other hip new word for meaning bad. Tokyo Station 100th Anniversary Hefeweizen is brewed as a celebratory beer for the 100th anniversary of Tokyo station but is probably just the regular Tokyo Station Ale in a …

Baeren Chocolate Stout by Baeren

Baeren Chocolate Stout

Baeren Chocolate Stout is a sweet stout advertised annually around the end of the calendar year and is heavily promoted around Valentine’s Day. There seems to be a few variations around; one with the year in the name and others without the year. The year is used to indicate the vintage of Baeren Chocolate Stout so I’m guessing that this beer can …

Iwate Kura Kin Kura by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kin Kura

Iwate Kura Kin Kura is a 5% pilsner style beer from Iwate Kura Beer aka Sekinoichi Shuzo. Pilsners is perhaps the most common style of beer in Japan and Iwate Kura Kin Kura is another addition to that range. Pilsner here, pilsner there, pilsner just pretty much everywhere you turn. Strangely enough for Sekinoichi Shuzo, this beer is only available in …

Ginga Kogen Pilsner by Ginga Kogen Beer

Ginga Kogen Pilsner

Ginga Kogen Pilsner is supposedly produced by Ginga Kogen Beer; however, there is nothing on their website about it and not much out there. Perhaps it’s an end-of-line beer that they’re getting rid of but Ginga Kogen Pilsner is out there, if you can find it. It’s brewed using a Czech recipe. Ginga Kogen Pilsner Aroma and Taste Ginga Kogen Pilsner is …

Iwate Kura Stout by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Kuro Kura

Iwate Kura Stout is also brewed under the name Iwate Kura Kuro Kura; however, the name stated seems to be the most common one on sale. It is available in both bottle and can form and is based on a British stout recipe. If you need more convincing, this beer has won multiple awards at different competitions since 1997. Iwate Kura …

Iwate Kura Beer by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Beer

Iwate Kura Beer is a unique brewery in Japan, perhaps the world, as it is a cooperative brewery rather than a company. Launched in 1996, Iwate Kura Beer has the backing of five different companies. Like other countryside breweries, Iwate Kura Beer also has its history in sake manufacturing from the parent company Sekinoichi Shuzo. All of Iwate Kura Beer’s …